News

02-02-2016

The World Health Organization has declared  Zika virus infection an international health emergency. The advice to those traveling to areas at risk is:

  •  Pregnant women are being advised to avoid countries with ongoing transmission
  • Take steps to avoid mosquito bites, wear light-coloured long sleeve shirts and pants, stay and sleep in screened-in or air conditioned rooms or use bed nets
  • Mosquito bites and not monkey bites is the most likely cause of a Zika virus case reported last year in an Indonesian man
  • There has been a steady rise in Australian travellers infected with Dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus
  • If going to Bali or other regions where the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are endemic, take mosquito repellant containing DEET or picardin rather than buying it locally
  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are active during the daylight hours rather than dusk

 There is no current vaccine nor specific treatment .

 For lists of  countries with ongoing transmission of Zika check smartraveller.gov.au or who.int

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